New York City mayor is asking the MTA to do better with social distancing on the subway


Commuters exit a subway train in New York on April 17.
Commuters exit a subway train in New York on April 17. Scott Heins/Getty Images
Although Metropolitan Transportation Authority ridership is down, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on the MTA to work better with the New York City Police Department about social distancing and monitoring the number of people that can be on each car.
“I think the MTA needs to do a better job of defining really clearly what’s the maximum number of people that should be on a subway car and ensuring with the NYPD there is never more than that number on a subway car," the mayor said.
MTA spokesman Shams Tarek responded with the following statement:
“As the Mayor knows, we have been working closely with the NYPD on this very issue for weeks. Even with subway ridership down more than 90 percent, we are making it possible for doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery and pharmacy workers, and other essential personnel to get to work and save lives. Shutting down mass transit during this unprecedented crisis would be dangerous and could lead to even more deaths. The MTA has led the nation in its efforts to protect its employees and customers, disinfecting its stations and full fleet of rolling stock and even breaking away from federal guidance and providing hundreds of thousands of masks to our heroic workforce before the CDC recommended it.”

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